Chris Simms Passes on NYC DUI Court Date

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    Quarterback Chris Simms #11 of the Tennessee Titans intentionally throws the ball away during the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on August 14, 2010 in Seattle, Washington.

    Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms needs to add a new date to his 2010 season: an October trial in his New York City drugged-driving case.

    Simms didn't make it to court Monday in the case. He's in the midst of Titans training in Nashville. A Manhattan judge agreed to excuse him but said he needs to be there Oct. 7 for a hearing and trial.

    The Manhattan District Attorney's office had asked that a warrant be issued for Simms, but that request was denied by Judge Michael Yavinsky who said, "If Monday are bad because Sundays he works, let's not pick a Monday."

    October 7 is a Thursday.

    Police say Simms, who's 29, slurred his words and told them he'd been smoking marijuana before he was stopped at a checkpoint July 1. He has said he was just talking about cigarettes.

    He faces charges including a misdemeanor count of driving while impaired by drugs.

    Simms is a son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms. The son has started 16 games during his six-year NFL career.